Mountain peaks

Experience some of Australia’s most stunning mountain peaks, alpine landscapes, escarpments and grassy high plains. During winter, the snow-capped climbs of Alpine National Park offer a playground for experienced skiers and nearby Mount Buffalo allows for tobogganing and snow play suitable for the whole family. For cross-country skiers the Bogong High Plains, JB Plain and the Mt Loch area or Cresta Valley has three groomed ski trails plus a large untracked/unmarked area for the more adventurous and well prepared. Mount St Gwinear in Baw Baw National Park, easily accessible from Melbourne, is a family-friendly snow attraction offering toboggan runs, snowshoeing, cross country trails and a snow play area.

In the warmer months, the crisp alpine climate of the high country provides endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, four-wheel driving and camping. Victoria’s largest national park, Alpine National Park is also home to its highest peaks Mount Bogong and Mount Feathertop. From hikes to plunging waterfalls, the network of tracks among the Snow Gums, summer wildflowers and historic mountain huts of the Bogong High Plains make being in nature all the more rewarding. Take in superb 360-degree views from the summit of the Horn and the delightful Gorge Heritage Walk at Mount Buffalo or stay a little longer and pitch a tent at the spectacularly picturesque Lake Catani campground.

Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) houses a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. One of Victoria’s most iconic nature destinations, the Grampians is a year-round outdoor haven for camping, rock climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and wildlife. The Grampians Peaks Trail, a network of walking tracks throughout the park, allows you to explore cascading waterfalls, brilliant spring wildflower displays, and panoramic views from lookouts. Drive to Reeds lookout for the perfect sunset or Boroka lookout for more spectacular views or visit the magnificent Fish Falls.

Things To Do

Get set for adventure or lace up the boots for a hike.

A couple in their thirties take in the view along Dead Timber Track.

Hiking and bushwalking

Witness breathtaking natural scenery at some of Victoria’s most iconic places when you lace up your boots and take to a hiking trail.
A young mountain biker attempts a drop while cheered on by his father and older sister at the You Yangs Regional Park.

Mountain biking

Explore parks on two wheels with mountain bike trails to suit most experience and fitness levels.
An experienced cross-country skier skis past a small child learning to ski on a maintained path.

Skiing and snow play

Stomp, ski, snowshoe or toboggan in Victoria's alpine region with snow season spanning from mid June to September each year.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
A Land Rover Defender attempts a river crossing in the Alpine National Park.


Enjoy a range of short and long 4WD trips in Victoria's parks. From the desert or mountains, to the rainforest or snow, 4WD tracks cater for all levels of skill and expertise.

When to go

The alpine region is ideal in summer for outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking.

Need to know

Mountain peaks

Popular parks

A couple walk along the Bogong High Plains near Mt Nelse.

Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is an adventure-lover’s dream. Hike Victoria’s highest mountain ranges, explore wildflower draped landscapes on horseback or head out on world-class mountain bike trails
A couple enjoy a sunset picnic in the Brisbane Ranges National Park.

Brisbane Ranges National Park

Little more than an hour's drive from Melbourne takes you to the state's richest wildflower habitat. Set in a low range of mountains dissected by rocky gullies, the unusual geology of the Brisbane Ranges National Park has preserved plants that have long since vanished from other parts of the region.
A young couple walks up through ancient lava flows to Sundial Peak in the Central Grampians.

Grampians National Park

Rising abruptly from the surrounding Western Plains, the Grampians (Gariwerd) is a series of rugged sandstone mountain ranges and forests rich in wildlife. One of Victoria’s most popular holiday destinations, the park is a great venue for camping, climbing, scenic drives, bushwalks and nature study.
A picturesque photo of the stone hut near the Horn at Mt Buffalo.

Mount Buffalo National Park

Sheer cliffs, granite tors, waterfalls and big views make Mount Buffalo a must-see alpine retreat
A middle aged couple walk through Mushroom Rocks on a cold winters day with snow on the ground.

Baw Baw National Park

Covering a substantial part of the Baw Baw Plateau and sections of the Thomson and Aberfeldy River valleys, Baw Baw National Park offers colourful wildflowers in early summer and open grassy plains with Snow Gum woodlands.
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